Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The iaedp Foundation Announces Inaugural Winter Gala Celebration 2011


PEKIN, Ill., Nov. 22, 2011 /CHICAGOPRESSRELEASE.COM/ — The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) launches its first “Winter Gala Celebration” December 3 at each of its 14 chapters, a groundbreaking nationwide initiative to raise scholarship money, promote awareness and inspire action regarding eating disorders.

“We are uniting to do something never done before,” said Bonnie Harken, managing director at the iaedp Foundation. “Eating disorders are one major challenge this nation faces, and we want to recognize the work by our chapters and the difference each makes in their communities.”

Each chapter’s event will uniquely address the common goal—to raise awareness about the cost of eating disorders, a growing mental health concern with some of the highest mortality rates among all mental illnesses.

“All proceeds raised will fund scholarships for those in need of eating disorder treatment,” said Alice Gibson, national event planner and chapter director at the iaedp Foundation. “The public has misconceptions about how many people suffer with this life and death issue because they can’t afford the help they deserve.”

Participating chapters and activities:
  • Miami – wine tasting
  • Tampa – screening of “America the Beautiful – the Thin Commandments,” with the film’s producer, Darryl Roberts
  • South Florida – brunch with live entertainment and silent auction
  • New York – cocktail reception with musical entertainment from Carnegie Hall
  • San Diego – social and silent auction
  • Santa Barbara – wine tasting with live music
  • Puget Sound, Washington – dinner and silent auction
  • Phoenix – family fun, music, dance performances, silent auction and boutique sale
  • Tucson – social with music and dance performances
  • Dallas – dinner with guest speakers
  • Charlotte – black tie dinner and dancing
  • Orange County, California – casino play and music
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the “Chapters” page at
About iaedp:

Since 1985, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals has provided education and training to international and multidisciplinary groups of healthcare treatment providers.
iaedp is excited about Charleston as the site for iaedp Symposium 2012! Plan to be at Symposium 2012, March 22-25. Enjoy this incredible city during Historic Home and Garden Week for the conference attendees call “the best eating disorder conference” in the field.  For more information visit:

Contact:  Susie Lomelino/Tammy Hammand

SOURCE International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals
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